The Oberlin Review

Oberlin’s Hammer Throwers Compete With Passion, Win Big, Despite Dangers

Oberlin’s Hammer Throwers Compete With Passion, Win Big, Despite Dangers

May 3, 2019

The hammer throw might be the most dangerous event in the sport of track and field. It injures, and occasionally kills, more athletes and spectators per year than any other track and field event. Because of its inherent danger, it has been banned from most high school programs across the country. Ironically enough, for many Oberlin field athletes who participate in the hammer throw along with shot put, javelin, and weight throw, the hammer remains their favorite event. “Yeah, there’s...

IM Softball Builds Community and Competitive Spirit

IM Softball Builds Community and Competitive Spirit

May 3, 2019

Every year shortly after spring break, students emerge from their dorm rooms and fill Wilder Bowl, Tappan Square, and the Arb with hammocks, frisbees, and picnic blankets. However, for intramural softball enthusiasts from all corners of campus, the surest sign that spring has sprung is the crack of a bat and loud cheers coming from North Fields, where the intramural league plays its games. The league, which kicks its season off at the start of spring second module, brings together varsity...

Reflections From a Graduating Four-Year Student-Athlete

Reflections From a Graduating Four-Year Student-Athlete

April 26, 2019

My four years as a student-athlete at Oberlin have been commemorated generously. In addition to a celebratory Senior Day, I developed as an individual with a community of athletes who turned a field hockey team into a family. The many hours I’ve spent with this team will remain some of my fondest college memories for the rest of my life. But to recognize my athletic career only on the field feels a bit incomplete; so many of my Oberlin athletic experiences actually took place in the newsro...

OB Jump Builds Life Skills for National-Caliber Young Athletes

OB Jump Builds Life Skills for National-Caliber Young Athletes

April 19, 2019

Three nights a week, the walls of the indoor gym at Prospect Elementary School echo with the sounds of school kids laughing, playing, shrieking, and jumping. These are the sounds of OB Jump, Oberlin’s official competitive jump rope team. OB Jump is comprised of students from both Prospect Elementary School and Eastwood Elementary, Oberlin’s two public elementary schools. The 16 members of the team practice weekly, compete nationally, and work just as hard — if not harder — than any oth...

Facing Uncertainty, Cavicchio Switches Fields, Finds Support

Facing Uncertainty, Cavicchio Switches Fields, Finds Support

April 12, 2019

In the second semester of her senior year at Oberlin, Millie Cavicchio is getting a fresh start. After three rocky years of attempting to manage her softball career amidst injuries, surgeries, and other setbacks, Cavicchio has found an unexpected home for herself on the Oberlin track and field team as one of two javelin throwers on the women’s side. “I’ve been so happy this season,” Cavicchio said, “because I finally have a chance to compete — something I haven’t been able to do...

SAAC Highlights Mental Health Awareness During DIII Week Programming

SAAC Highlights Mental Health Awareness During DIII Week Programming

April 5, 2019

Content Warning: This article contains mentions of suicide. When Evan Hansen, senior captain of the Wabash College football team, took his life on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, no one saw it coming. He had started for the Little Giants for nearly his entire collegiate career, and all of his teammates loved and admired him. However, Hansen was struggling behind the scenes — not unlike many student-athletes all over the country. His tragedy can hardly be seen as an isolated incident. Hans...

Megan Rapinoe Leads the Race for Women’s Rights in Sports

Julie Schreiber, Senior Staff Writer

March 15, 2019

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

If you’re in search of a hero during Women’s History Month, look no further than Megan Rapinoe. As one of the most important players on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, Rapinoe played a big role at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, where the United States won it all with a victory over Japan. She was also instrumental in the United States winning the gold medal in women’s soccer at the 2012 London Olympics. At the same time, she has emerged as one of the boldest, most outspoken and justice-driven athletes in modern sports. No list of trailblazing female athletes is complete without her name at the top of it. On the field, Rapinoe’s presence is hard to miss. As a forward, she scores her fair shar...

Women’s Track and Field Wins Third Straight NCAC Title

Women’s Track and Field Wins Third Straight NCAC Title

March 8, 2019

For the past few years, Oberlin track and field stars like Lilah Drafts-Johnson, Ana Richardson, and Monique Newton — all OC ’18 — have been household names in the Oberlin athletic community. After two consecutive years of Indoor Track and Field North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, with individual accolades and accomplishments to match, it may seem unclear to outsiders whether or not the track and field team could continue this streak of success without their stars. Non...

Women’s Lacrosse Relies on Wellness to Win

Women’s Lacrosse Relies on Wellness to Win

March 1, 2019

Head women’s lacrosse coach Kim Russell has a unique motto for her players whenever they’re feeling stressed, scattered, or overwhelmed: Eat a Cheeto. “As a coach, I really prioritize wellness,” said Russell, who just kicked off her first official season in Oberlin after serving as the first women’s lacrosse coach at Baldwin Wallace University and subsequently holding a brief tenure as director of girl’s lacrosse at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. “Now, Cheetos might not make y...

In The Locker Room with Chris Broussard, Sports Analyst and Oberlin Varsity Basketball Alum

In The Locker Room with Chris Broussard, Sports Analyst and Oberlin Varsity Basketball Alum

February 22, 2019

When Chris Broussard, OC ’90, began his journey as an Oberlin College student-athlete in 1987, he didn’t know what he wanted to study or do for a living. He was only sure of two things: He loved writing, and he loved the game of basketball. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English, Broussard went on to write for several publications, including The Plain Dealer, the Akron Beacon Journal, The New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and ESPN.com. He now covers the NBA as a sport...

In The Locker Room with Collin Taylor, T3 Performance Athletic Trainer and YeoFit Instructor

In The Locker Room with Collin Taylor, T3 Performance Athletic Trainer and YeoFit Instructor

February 15, 2019

When former strength and conditioning coach Grant Butler accepted a position with Notre Dame College last spring, College junior and football player Justin Godfrey had an idea. He had trained at T3 Performance in Avon, Ohio, for years and wondered if the facility could bring some of its staff members to Oberlin. Collin Taylor, one of the T3 Performance trainers, has helped transform the strength and conditioning program at Oberlin through his work with student-athletes and lifting course wit...

Alumni Athletes Thrive in Post-Oberlin Pursuits

Julie Schreiber, Senior Staff Writer

February 8, 2019

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

To some Oberlin students, it can seem like those who dwell on the north side of campus and those on the south side of campus attend completely different colleges. In the past few years, there have been several initiatives to help bridge these communities — notably the “Hate Sports? We Want To Hear About It” open forums facilitated by English Professor Yago Colas in fall 2017. But to many, an athlete roaming anywhere farther south than King Building remains a rare sight. The history of Oberlin Athletics, however, demonstrates a powerful pattern of crossover between typical athletic and non-athletic activities, and countless successful Obie athletes have led dynamic and varied lifestyles that have taken them to...

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